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Title: A method for multichannel dosimetry with EBT3 radiochromic films

Purpose: An improved method for multichannel dosimetry is presented. This method explicitly takes into account the information provided by the unexposed image of the film. Methods: The method calculates the dose by applying a couple of perturbations to the scanned dose, one dependent and the other independent on the color channel. The method has been compared with previous multichannel and two single channel methods (red and green) against measurements using two different tests: first, five percentage depth dose profiles covering a wide range of doses; second, the dose map perpendicular to the beam axis for a 15 × 15cm{sup 2} square field. Finally, the results of 30 IMRT quality assurances tests are presented. All tests have been evaluated using the gamma analysis. Results: The coefficient of variation was found to be similar for all methods in a wide range of doses. The results of the proposed method are more in agreement with the experimental measurements and with the treatment planning system. Furthermore, the differences in the mean gamma pass rates are statistically significant. Conclusions: The improved multichannel dosimetric method is able to remove many of the common disturbances usually present in radiochromic films and improves the gamma analysis results comparedmore » with the other three methods.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Hospital Universitario de Cruces, Department of Medical Physics, Plz. Cruces s/n, Barakaldo, 48903 Bizkaia (Spain)
  2. Clínica Universitaria de Navarra, Department of Oncology, University of Navarre, Av. Pio XII s/n, Pamplona, 31008 Navarre (Spain)
  3. Clínica Universitaria de Navarra, Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Navarre, Av. Pio XII s/n, Pamplona, 31008 Navarre (Spain)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22250636
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Medical Physics; Journal Volume: 41; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2014 American Association of Physicists in Medicine; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; AMINO ACIDS; DEPTH DOSE DISTRIBUTIONS; FILM DOSIMETRY; IMAGES; PERTURBATION THEORY; QUALITY ASSURANCE; RADIATION DOSES